Breakfast of Champions are a 3 piece alternative heavy drone hardcore experimental rock band formed in 2004 in Tokyo. The band has had numerous line-up changes before settling on the current line-up of guitarist/vocalist Hideaki Kondou, bassist Yuichi Sato and drummer Ryutaro Ishibashi. Initially. the bands took influence from 90's grunge rock bands such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Mudhoney and Tad. Focusing on a instrumental sound, bands such as Captain Beefheart and The Red Krayola and prog rock bands also helped shape the bands earlier sound. BoC later started to develop a heavier sound influenced by the Melvins, early Soundgarden, Boris, Earth, Sunn amps (and smashed guitars.) In 2008 the band released their first album "We usually just bow, play, bow, leave" in Japan on the independent labal Tetrahedron. BoC subsequently did a release tour of Japan, playing venues such as the Shelter and Nest in Tokyo and Upset in Nagoya. The band are currently writing new material for their next album and looking to broaden their sound by taking influence from 70s hard rock and prog rock bands.
Grab your Wheaties people, this Tokyo three-piece knows how to bring the heavy. Drawing influences primarily from the heavier grunge scene (Alice in Chains, Soundgarden) and combining it with droney elements and a bit of prog the band takes on a sound eerily similiar to the aforementioned. Songs such as "Master Blaster" and "Say Hello to My Little Friend" are prime examples of this. The band has just released a split CD with Quiet Lakes (today's Evening Buzz) which can be purchased through their Bandcamp page.
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